Southern Illinois Preparing now for 2017 Eclipse Tourists

Carbondale (AP) — Tourism officials in southern Illinois say they’re already preparing for the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse, which is expected to draw thousands of visitors. It’s the first total solar eclipse over the United States’ mainland since 1979 and the eclipse will reach its point of greatest duration — about two minutes and 40 seconds — a few miles south of Carbondale. Southern Illinois University officials are projecting 30,000 to 50,000 visitors on campus for the eclipse, The Southern Illinoisan reported.